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May 3, 2011

Common Code Violations Found By Home Inspectors

Hi Folks,

   Glad to have you back here with me today.

   Let's face it, Home Inspectors do not have an easy job. They often enter homes of people that they have never even met before, and in some cases, are even met with a hostile welcome. Additionally, they need to be well-versed in all local codes, running the gamut of Electrical, Plumbing, Building/Structural, and more

   With that being said, today we will be taking a look at some of the most common code violations that Home Inspectors see on a consistent basis, which falls into 3 popular categories: Electrical, Plumbing, and Building/Structural.

   Chantay Bridges, of LA Real Estate Now, says that some of the electrical hazards that are most common usually occurs when there are, "too many wires plugged into one outlet or switch that can cause a fire." Sam DeBord, a Managing Broker and a Realtor, adds that a, "Lack of GFCI outlets in bathrooms and kitchens and other minor electrical issues like reverse-polarity on outlets." is quite common, and that this is, "an inexpensive repair that most home sellers would benefit from repairing for selling their home."

   Plumbing issues are also very common, and as Bridges says, they encompass, "dripping faucets, loose toilets, improper drainage and so forth." Sasha Tsakh, VP Sales and Marketing for a licensed plumbing company, mentions the, "Illegal plumbing work" that he finds, and says that, "It appears that many home owners are not aware that you need to have licensed contractors performing work. They have illegal gas lines and missing safety features. It's really sad to see how they've been taken advantage of, especially since there is no way to find these people once they've performed illegal work."

   The third issue is related to Building Code (including Structural Code). Bridges points to, "Illegal additions to properties", and she cites the following examples; "Someone added a room, altered the garage, etc. without a permit.". Paul S. Gilbertson, a former General Contractor, adds some issues that he has seen in regards to steps and railings, as well as handicapped ramps and landings. Additionally, Bridges also mentions that roofs tend to, "constantly make the list due to aging, rotting, wear and tear.", as well as, "Leaks" with improper ground drainage, ceiling stains from previous leakage, and rotted, molded, exposed untreated wood surfaces. Finally, she mentions some other issues, such as bars on windows without proper escape or emergency mechanisms, inoperable smoke detectors" (or smoke detectors that are not installed at all).

   Indeed, as mentioned at the start, being a Home Inspector is not easy. Hopefully some of these tips will help you prepare for any future home inspections, and save you time, money, and aggravation. Any comments? Did we miss any common issues?

Have a Great Day, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes Blog http://blogging.lease2buy.com
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July 23, 2010

The Home Building Process, Part 2 of 3

Good Morning,

   Today, we will be covering part 2 of our 3-part series on the Home-building process. In part 1, this past Wednesday, we took a look at the process from the first meeting between a future property-owner, the building company and general contractor. For a different perspective, now we will look at some additional tips from both a property manager and from an interior designer.

   From the angle of a property manager, we spoke with Blake Appleby, President of Cornerstone Property Management, Inc. in Colorado, who has almost two decades of experience managing large mountain homes, and he provided some additional pointers to be aware of during and after the process.

   Primarily, Appleby states that it is important to give consideration to where snow or rain will shed from the roof, to avoid snow, ice, or rain shedding on entry ways, decks, in front of garage doors or other areas that might interfere with basic usage of the home, as it can result in, "snow removal nightmares and added expense." He also reminds us that, "Complex roof designs can lead to ice build up and subsequent roof leaks in winter months."

   In addition, Appleby suggests using climate appropriate building materials on the exterior home, which will also save time and money (taking into consideration the, "temperature fluctuations, amounts of moisture, harmful direct sunlight and any other factors that might cause the exterior to deteriorate more quickly than normal."), and additionally, to install a leak detection system.

   As far as the interior of the home, he suggests keeping the use of technology as simple as possible, and while the latest gadgets are "impressive in the showroom", home integration can be very complex. Appleby suggests to, "stick with simple dial thermostats for climate control.", and to avoid computer controlled lighting.

   In keeping with the interior of the home, we spoke with Jo-Ann Capelaci, an interior designer with Colours & Concepts Interior Design, in California. Capelaci recommends that you, "Ensure that the interior design reflects the style of the outside of the home.", and to select all interior finishes, i.e. flooring, tile, cabinets, paint, etc, and to "produce a book to include all specifications". She suggests doing this before construction begins, if possible.

   Additionally, Capelaci suggests preparing the flooring plan, tile floor plans and elevations, electrical and lighting plan and furniture plan, select the furniture, window treatments, lighting and accessories, and to prepare the budget for these items and purchase them so that when construction is complete, these items are all ready. She suggests to, "enlist the help of a design professional, even if it is to confirm your choices and make recommendations.", since, "Designers truly do see things in a different way and assist clients to do things they might not have even known were possible"

   In closing, Appleby added another fantastic tip - To make sure that you "have records of the make and model of boilers, HVAC units and any other critical components in the home.", because if you need a service call, this can limit the amount of time with no heat, hot water etc. Additionally, Appleby adds that it is important to keep up with "basic preventative maintenance", such as cleaning gutters, dryer vents, changing HVAC filters and having your heating and cooling systems serviced once a year.

   We hope these tips have been helpful. Tune in on Monday for the final part of this 3-part series, where we will speak with some people who have gone through the actual process of building their own home, which will provide a very unique perspective for those of you interested in doing so.

Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !